Environmental health and safety (EHS) technicians are responsible for collecting, delivering, preparing, and transferring many types of chemicals and other sensitive/hazardous materials around job sites. They are also in charge of conducting inspections to ensure that all equipment and processes meet business and regulatory requirements. Additionally, these professionals make sure the supply of chemicals and materials is maintained, train other employees in all regulatory processes, and make sure that all employees are following guidelines. This is generally a full-time position that requires some travel. EHS technicians also need to be able to occasionally lift heavy objects and work in confined spaces.
The minimum educational requirement for EHS technicians generally includes at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although an associate's or bachelor's degree may be required or preferred; a postsecondary degree may substitute for experience. Previous experience in a similar role is also needed, including at least one to two years of experience with hazardous materials. They need to possess knowledge of all relevant laws and regulations as well.
EHS technicians must be able to multitask while being able to produce accurate and professional work. They also need to have excellent communication skills and be able to operate many types of equipment such as forklifts and end loaders.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Tasks
Educate, monitor, and train personnel in safe work procedures.
Develop and disseminate manuals and documentation around health and safety.
Follow procedures to monitor health and safety at designated locations, such as ergonomics, air quality, and waste disposal.
Know, apply, and document state, OSHA, and federal regulations, and identify problems and suggest remedies.